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cia whistleblower edward snowden values to fight extradition from hong kong in his first interview since being forced into hiding for lifting the lid on a massive secret u.s. surveillance program. were just as poor back into a stumbles taxon square yet again these are live pictures from there despite twenty four hours of the most brutal crackdown by turkish police so far. and britain greece shuts down its main t.v. am radio broadcaster is part of a cost cutting drive the thousands who were sacked have labelled it a blow to democracy.
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hello good evening watching r.t. with me andrey farmer now in his first interview since disappearing in hong kong edward snowden has vowed to fight any extradition attempt the former cia worker who told the world about a huge secret u.s. surveillance program was speaking to a local newspaper from an unknown location u.s. lawmakers meanwhile are compiling a list of charges against him snowden admitted he gave up his family and a six figure salary to expose what the national security agency was doing stephen m. cohen executive director of the national whistleblower center told my colleague matt traitor that people will continue to expose secrets regardless of the crackdown against the. like i think the government is going to charge him probably under the espionage act and they're going to try to make an example so others who have information about wrongdoing and crimes in our national security system are
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intimidated and don't blow the whistle julian assange also weighed in on this a he said stone is likely to be persecuted by the u.s. for many years adding to what you say your fears are let's take a listen to his comments before you respond to an amazing time. just three years after the united bradley manning revelations with bradley manning in trial and the snowden revelations come out. in a many others had called for exactly such relations to expose the surveillance state so i think we're winning i think that's part of a new international politic that is developing. do you think there is any kind of like i said any kind of victory to be made from any of this or do you think that it's more of a hinderance that this was added to a chilling effect on whistleblower. i think short term there may be
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a chilling effect but at some point the american people need to stand up and say that was so blowers need protection that the american people have a right to know if their government is committing crimes if their governments are violating the constitution if their leaders have perjured themselves to congress all of these are implicated in this case the american people have a right to know and our civil servants paid by our tax dollars have a right to blow the whistle and that's a right that we have to fight for and protect and i hope that a case like this helps to mobilize support for the change we need here in the united states well among snowden's revelations other details of the program called prism which allows u.s. security officials to see the private data of virtually anyone and leaked documents suggest washington's been keeping a close and secret eye on europe too especially on germany let's see what kind of
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reaction that has received many german officials were outraged by the spy program some even compared it to the notorious ministry for state security in communist era east germany the head of the italian data protection authority keys washington of snooping on innocent europeans without any evidence a crime has been committed in a french socialist euro m.p. highlighted that americans have begun spying on europeans before getting permission . one unintended consequence of the american surveillance scandal is a booming people buying jewel jewel wells of the state being classic nine hundred eighty four sales of the novel about the reach of the big brother state are up by seven thousand percent according to amazon you can read the full story along with the other latest updates on the n.s.a. rather. well for more analysis on this
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we're joined live now by domed. war activists from new york thank you very much for coming on to r.t. this evening now you officials have demanded assurances that your pains will not be spied on but how will they have a know if that promise is being broken. well let's take a step closer to home it's actually against the foundational law of the united states to invade the right of privacy and over time since the amendment was adopted in seventeen ninety one it's been slowly eroded but we are now looking at a situation where the infinite expression of the vis the ratio of that has been achieved they now know everything every communication every telephone call every internet transaction whether it's in the mail war web site visit every step you take on the street in towns and cities where the cameras are watching you all the time and in the country where your cell phone tracks you so whatever assurances
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they're going to give to people when europe about what they're going to do or not they operate daily in absolute violation of the foundational law of the united states i don't know how you get around that in terms of assurances well in terms of what we do know at the moment it doesn't pay and it germany's the main focus in europe. why do you think that his body is washington afraid of that. well germany of course is the center of the european economy and the european economy is both a partner and in many ways an appendage to the very same economic interests that dominate the american economy and consequently the american political system so with all of the changes that have taken place in various parts of europe the pressures in greece and spain and portugal and italy and on and on and on the and
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an uprising of sorts already among german people themselves in solidarity with the people of those other nations against the interests that are sucking the blood out of the economy and europe the interests of the united states are very interested in watching that the politicians in germany do what they're supposed to do that the media do what they're supposed to do that the gatekeepers basically keep keeping the gate safe so they can keep sucking the money out of europe but let's talk about the whistleblower edward snowden he says he's going to fight extradition do you think he's got any chance of doing that. julian assad is still in the ecuadorian embassy i think the dialectical aspect to the horrible treatment bradley manning has received that the heads of these people is the fact that people have to realize they have to be creative after they release this type of information and protect themselves so they don't get into the clutches of the u.s. military or the u.s. paramilitary known as the police department here so. assad has been able to evade
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that for quite some time now i'm hoping also that mr snowden will be equally successful and do you think that he'll get much help from the chinese i mean where did that loyalties lie in this story. that remains to be seen china has many interests in common with the people who dominate the u.s. government and they have some that are adverse and how snowden scase fits into that is yet to be seen the rumors of an offer from russia to provide. some safe haven for mr snowden are welcome and if they're true i'd like to thank personally the russian government for that fund of our life from the thank you. my protest has returned to taksim square with the unrest in to the showing no signs
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of dying down and these are live pictures streaming from istanbul right now i want to choose day demonstrators suffered what they say was the biggest police crackdown since antigovernment rallies began almost two weeks ago police stormed tanks in the square overnight releasing to gas and firing rubber bullets against protesters. as the latest there's really heavy police presence here police trucks are actually were kind of blocking some of the square as well but this of course all of this comes just twenty four hours after the square has seen an immense police presence here first the protesters who are camped out here for just a little over a week they were swept away by water cannons and tear gas in the early hours of the morning our crew went out to film it one of our. one of our cameraman actually sustained serious damage to his camera because it was broken by a. tear gas canister which flew right into it a good thing that didn't obviously hit his head but it was really close i gather
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the police spared no one people in wheelchairs the elderly women children and there's a lot of those people that i've seen with my own eyes that were there first people came back people wanted people were outraged by the fact that there was such an immense police presence and gangs against a much more violence so they came back out on taksim square to be dispersed by police yet again later in the evening on tuesday again we do know at this point that there has been one confirmed death as a result of the clashes between the police and the protesters and if you think it's over well it isn't yet because some of the protesters that i've spoken to say they're going to continue to come here there's still the protesters that's over and get the park and that's where it all began they were promised the police wouldn't touch them that gezi park would be left to the protest movement but that doesn't seem to be true because they are saying that police did come there yesterday. and again when after they were done clearing people from jackson square they went against park and try to dig protesters from there we know that some tents have been
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knocked down and the press and the people who are in this movement they're saying we're going to come back again considering the fact that there are like i said there are literally hundreds upon hundreds of police on every single corner a new call this where we can expect some really interesting action maybe later today maybe some are but the stephan link not over. well professor hussein bag chief from the middle east technical university in ankara thinks the government's reaction only divides the country for. it is the. uprising against the involvement or intervention of turkish prime minister in the life of citizens from the right of speech to drink of alcohol or another for things i think the turkey is experiencing now a new trouble than five of call it in portugal terms the government is responsible to get out from the sponsor big but not to organize. big demonstrations like
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which is set for the recount from such a very on sunday i think it is the wrong move of the government to bring one side of the society against the other side of the society it can only lead in the long grass to feed what. we have been following events in turkey since the beginning of the protests and as you heard the international crane was take gassed along with other demonstrators when they were caught up in the violent crime time you can find out the latest developments online at art's eight dot com pick up more news coming up after the break.
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old. technology innovation all these developments from around russia we've got the future covered. you know how sometimes you see a story and it seems so you think you understand it and then you glimpse something else you hear or see some other part of it and realize everything you thought you knew. i'm tom hardy welcome to the big picture. download the official r.t. application to yourself choose your language stream quality and enjoy your favorite
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. if you're away from your television just doesn't matter now with your mobile device you can watch on t.v. anytime anywhere. welcome back greece's main t.v. and radio channels have been pulled off the air after the government decided to suspend all state run broadcasts to cut budget costs or two and a half thousand employees have lost their jobs while the authorities slam the company as a haven of waste the broadcaster is largely state funded with every greek has held paying a fate regardless of whether they own the team or not large pride joined in a protest against the decision calling the move a blow to democracy well for more on the great financial crisis we're now joined live by george clooney professor of constitutional law thank you very much for
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coming on to be deceiving just how big a deal is shutting the state broadcaster for the great. world you know. has not put the broadcast you're going to want to wake up soon so the majority. of. soon as a blow to democracy of course to the independent source of news for our society in my opinion it's actually an act of very very soon the government is facing a period of its economic policy. by this attempt to do to distract the political appearance young towards another goal as you know we are living now in our very dire economic situation so it's good government for its inability to control the situation. to act like about you know decisions that even
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its allies that we have to other parts of the political coalition are disapproving . genes have called for a strike have a name response to the closure i mean are people angry enough to do that you think . well you know maybe this is going to be. it's going to taint general feeling go for a bigger side you know we've got very used to your disapproval of your spirit people throughout all of these years but we have seen in the last months of peak that these very words not our strong as we expected to be now we have. seen not only as a blow to the social status but also to the democracy so i think about. the government is going to free it's going to be counterproductive. and looking at
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the political aspects here mean there have been reports that some arse could be forced into confidence by you said that the coalition parties and partners were not happy with what happened how much of a crisis politically could this be for the country. will be. proven that the coalition. no two of the three parties of the are not disapproving as i said before that the only political party in the parliament that you support can have a government because they're part of your general fascists and of course one cannot come up with. a lie to them so maybe we're going to be before very fast political evolution maybe we're going to face even pretty much. well i mean in the government's defense it says that the broadcaster was inefficient and actually costly so isn't it better to target
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a company like this instead of vital sexes in the economy like health care or education for example. you're absolutely right till now we have seen serious got the backs to the world for state all kind of infrastructure of welfare state education hospitals this is another step towards the same austerity policies that would be for us is now going to target if you target is democracy because of course it would cover termination of. radio and television station this is not only a blow to the social state it's a good deal a blow to the political procedure this is never a couple to drag european states i think it's why we thought of president. ok well thank you very much for your opinions here tonight in r.t. we do have to leave it there that was george a professor in constitutional law thank you. thank you.
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now activists in syria say rebels have attacked a village in the east of the country killing more than sixty people the violence is seen as retaliation for a near your attack by villages that comes after government treat three took control of the northern town of qusayr lastly if their sights nicette or recapturing a recent army. gains have alerted the west with france and american a seriously mulling over the idea of sending lethal weapons to the opposition the arms embargo on syria was lifted last month while efforts to push both sides to peace talks continue to stall political analyst and we had walked half thinks the rebels have no interest in negotiation. weakening the rebels on the ground may actually be a positive thing in any political dialogue or a new political negotiations because those people have the power to stifle or kill any political process to their aura of invisibility should be
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reduced it could lead for the political representatives of the opposition to have any meaningful say in a negotiation table and actually being able to keep their words afterwards but as long as there are promises of weaponry and support towards those rebels on the ground without that they won't go to the table of the more a top in fact with the ideology behind what they're been doing since the very beginning especially. affiliated groups they are not interested in negotiating with the regime anymore or the syrian government at all they see it as an infidel regime that must be toppled no matter what. with many of the world's leading financial states deeply submerged in debt developing cars economies are taking center stage signaling big changes in the world of finance business presented katie pilbeam now looks at how emerging markets us
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a parting developed nations are developing countries now account for overhaul of the world's economy and with this growth comes power so wish nations are we talking about that well if we look at this map we can see that the developing world is overtaking the developed world and if we wind the call back we can see that back in one thousand nine hundred eighty two the developed world account of the sixty nine percent of the world economy while the developing world took up just. false forward more than thirty years the a mugging economies will make up nearly three quarters of the world economy by twenty seven taking so is this economic shift change in the balance of power i asked legendary investor do rogers exactly that. we are already saying it is not just to be part of the world economy it's creditor nation her new nation is well historically people like great britain america finance developing nations those
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that they could grow but now it's the developing nations which have the money to develop don't know if you've been you've been to hong kong or singapore or career or some of the places that the standard of living in many of these places much better than america right now rather j.f.k. in new york and you realize you're not third world airport by this thing you're poor born you're are going to birth were born it's already happening. so from the sounds of it these so-called developing countries don't need to develop any mole maybe it's the countries which have held the post strings to so long who could now a day with a little maintenance. we've got plenty more on our website as the u.k.'s financial woes continue a new report says the past five years have brought unprecedented pay cuts to british workers more on the daily life of the brits under financial pressure is available online at r.t. dot com also there with the guantanamo hunger strike still on the u.s.
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government is scaling back its prosecution of the camp's captives saying there's not enough evidence to bring the men to court the full timeline of the story and much much more is available at r.t. dot com. offenders on probation in the u.k. could soon be placed under the supervision of private companies and is artie's sarah firth now explains that's led to some to accuse the government of putting cost cutting edge of public safety. the rehabilitation revolution that's what the coalition governments promised and in a bid to cut re-offending rates the government's now planning to turn to private companies like for us with plans to outsource a large chunk of the service by twenty fifteen that might come as a surprise to some given the less than gold standard performance of g four s. last summer's olympics when they failed to deliver on promises to curacy and the
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plans have been met with fierce opposition from across the public sector with many warnings that far from the revolution disaster waiting to happen and we're extremely concerned about. the secretary's proposals to privatized two thirds of the workforce two thirds of the work load put in the hands of untrained private sector providers the proposals will leave the public probation service with around fifty thousand of the offenders he pays the greatest risk with private and voluntary services looking after the rest consort here will get the contracts on a payment by results basis the fear is that placing this vital parts of the criminal justice system into the hands of private companies could be putting community at risk. there is a risk because although we have a number of prisoners who will never be the vast majority of prisoners will be walking out of those gates behind and coming to. many of the low to
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medium risk offenders go on to commit much more serious crimes the so-called revolving door of every offending and he's just finished his second stint here. just three months after his release from prison the first time he found himself right back inside her mind because he said you've been on probation before an event she then gone back inside the prison what went wrong and what happened. they were trying to frame me employment right now trying to get on a train scheme. but they're waiting funding from the government like prince charles stross and so forth now time to lawson it between to trust and then to analyze and to do and two three months why didn't i was i was i wasn't moving anywhere at the time i was all over the place. trying to survive this really offending cycle the government's trying to break and they say that payment by
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results will innovates the system the question is the way he carries the risk if things don't work out at the end of the day those product companies are going to be accountable to shareholders not to the public and their losses will be split in fact it will be to the full interview. if not. to. the plans of those so you can tease many in the public probation sector which won the t. thousand and eleven push quality foundation gold medal to excellence push one sentence public bought private good. at the end of the day i still appalled the idea that anybody makes any profits out of the suffering of of the people in the criminal justice system but that's i'm afraid where we have to go because the government insists the plans are an evolution of the justice system that these on the front line a warning that this bit to cut costs can't come as
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a very high price some of us in london a quick look at some other stories now from around the world. in a restive part of ghana stan killed two people and injured fifteen when it exploded in a marketplace becomes less than twenty four hours after another suicide explosion took the lives of seventeen people at the supreme court in the capital kabul in recent weeks there has been a wave of attacks by taliban forces of a minute since against afghan security forces. pushing violence to a twelve year high. french air traffic controllers are in their second day of strike action causing over one thousand eight hundred flight cancellations workers oppose a u. plans to centralize european airspace rather than leave each nation to control its own skies also railway workers are expected to walk out on thursday leaving much of the country's transportation routes paralyzed. and the egyptian president says all
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options are open when dealing with any threat to his country's water supply ethiopia is currently building a four point two billion dollar hydroelectric station which threatens to cause egypt to lose up to twenty percent of its now water over the next five years ethiopia has stranding presence accusations as irresponsible and says it plans to continue with the project. like coming up russia's president visit visited artie's new h.q. in moscow on tuesday and after it's over to meet putin spoke to some of our correspondents the highlights of that chat coming up in a few minutes. we
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speak your language as anybody will not advance. news programs and documentaries in spanish what matters to you breaking news a little turn a tip angles keep these stories. you hear. all teach spanish find out more visit eye to eye. i don't want to hear you're very kind. of you're a student and you. get used to that.
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there. you mean i think that you disagree. there. not loosing the. heart as you didn't want to. actually. be. well it's going to long when you see that at least our viewers are generally
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excited about today is the snowden case a man who is now being dubbed a second the sound has exposed total surveillance practices employed by the american government there are two sides to this story on the one hand that was classified information which makes this man a traitor but on the other hand the information he has leaked is of crucial importance primarily for the american public and for the world in general what do you think of that. he told us nothing we didn't know before i think everybody has long been aware that signals intelligence is about surveillance of individuals and organizations is becoming a global phenomenon in the context of combating international terrorism and such methods are generally practicable the question is how well those security agencies are controlled by the public with i can tell you that at least in russia you can't just go and tap into someone's phone conversation without a warrant issued by court that's more or less the way
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a civilized society should go about fighting terrorism with modern day technology as long as it's exercised within the boundaries of the law that regulates intelligence activities it's all right but if it's unlawful then that's bad as a. government the committee was there obama said rather than go today that you cannot have hundred percent security while maintaining hundred percent privacy of data should appeal to you yes you can i'd like to reiterate that you do have to obtain a warrant for specific policing activities domestically so why shouldn't this requirement mean valid for intelligence agencies as well but it can and it should i'm sure what it involves. when you do that you probably know it isn't snowed in all syria or turkey that's been talking use in russia basically you know if you're divorced everybody has been talking about it but if you solve the messes you had merely put in explained to the bank when you spoke to the press after about a performance but if you questions still remain i wondered about the religious
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aspect of your divorce and this is something many people are questioning at the moment you know what you know the truth because i. suddenly said first of all i can tell you that i myself agree that it's much more appropriate to be open about actual state of relations than try to keep it secret. it was clear what that could be that's what they say in the press today regardless of political affiliation. well thanks for that much as for the religious aspect of marriage there is none because we've never weighed in church you didn't read no i see time you said as a man until his deputy editor in chief with. some you have the microphone the thank you margarita actually i only has occupied my present before before that i spent twenty years working as a reporter i've traveled particularly all over the world including many conflict areas i haven't lost my sense of danger in the process before and that's why i'm
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still alive thank you yes thank god god bless you i said russell thank you very much it was good in my question concerns conflicts too i mean to ask you about these drones. aerial vehicles. because you know if america employs drones to deliver air strikes almost on a daily bases this happens especially often in pakistan and if you other countries with drones are arguably have a very convenient means of warfare there is no direct engagement and no risk of your rank and file it's all remote controlled like a computer game however this is something we see in the. news almost every day this kind of warfare is formed with massive casualties among civilians so on one hand drawings are going to fish and combat but on the other hand will all aware of the collateral damage the public in many countries and i found this shocking and there has already been a motion for imposing an international ban on using drones for the i would like to
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ask you about russia's attitude on the issue thank you. gun powder was originally invented in china and no one's managed to keep it from spreading ever since then came nuclear arms and they also started to spread molten means of warfare keep evolving and they always will i doubt if it's possible to simply ban the soul but you certainly can and should introduce certain rules and exercise control i'm sure the united states does not target civilians on purpose and the drone operations you have mentioned to people too and i think they understand all these things but you still need to combat terrorism i know that currently debating this issue in the united states and the notion is being advocated increasing the often within the u.n. framework that you need to put drones to control you need to lay out certain rules of engagement in order to prevent or minimize collateral casualties it's extremely important i don't know whether
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a western counterparts will choose this option but i would suggest it would be in their best interest however there are other threats to for example they have presently debasing the option of using nuclear ballistic missiles in the united states can you imagine how potentially dangerous that is what if such a missile were to launch from somewhere in the middle of an ocean and get spotted by a nuclear power early warning system how should that nuclear power react to a missile coming its way how are they supposed to know whether this missile comes with a nuclear warhead or not and what if the missile impacts right next to its border or inside its territory do you realize how perilous that can be. or take the notion of low yields nuclear weapons do you realize how badly that can blur the very pound trees of using nuclear bombs or how low the threshold might sing for authorizing such a strike can you imagine the possible implications where the limits for lowering
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that threshold and who setting them there are many threats in the world of today and there is only one way to address them efficiently that is working together within the boundaries of international law. we've got a lot where now i don't think it was showing up business out of a who's the president of one of our most popular shows across talk peter has worked in reality since its very beginning he will be speaking in english and i will translate the question for you think i'm afraid of my question be very short here it seems like we live in the age of opposition. and we have the arab spring we heard about europe and the crisis there. and the occupy movement united states which our team did an excellent job in covering but what about the opposition in russia public opinion polls show it's very small not much support what kind of opposition would you like to challenge you ok and the role of mr couldn't. translate it. well on the opposition can be useful you just
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mentioned occupy wall street where at a certain point we saw the police cracking down on the occupy wall street activists i won't call the actions of police appropriate or inappropriate my point is that every opposition movement is good and useful if it acts within law if they don't like the law they should use democratic means to change those laws which they should persuade voters to join them and they should get elected into legislatures so that they can have a chance to change the law this is the way to change things on the ground if there are people who act outside the law then the state must use legal means to impose law in the interests of the majority but that's the way it's done in the us and that's the way it's done in russia truth be told we're criticised for that but when the same thing happens in the us it's considered to be normal never mind that it is double standards we have got accustomed to this and pay little attention to it with
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them when they talk about it when it happens in the us are to growth america. but i want you to do the right thing you know everyone must be treated in the same fashion because these two situations are identical because the only difference is that our diplomatic missions don't actively cooperate with occupy wall street and your diplomatic missions work together and directly support russian opposition but i think this is wrong because diplomatic missions must forge ties between states and not meddle in their domestic politics getting back to popular movements reckless behavior is not appreciated by people if these activists are breaking the law then it's illegal and if they express their will by legal means without breaking the law then they're fully entitled to do that which in this case it would be beneficial to any state because it's a way to provide grassroots feedback on state policies whether it be social domestic or foreign policy. or as for mr couture and he is my longstanding associate we see eye to eye on many vital issues or brushes development of
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a and that's vernon obvious reason we've known each other for a long time now we worked together back in some petersburg and then he became a member of the cabinet and proved to be one of the most efficient ministers i've always backed him on key decisions and if i didn't he wouldn't be able to work to implement those ideas and principles that he promoted so to a certain extent that was our joint policy so he has his own view on certain things it so happened that they had a disagreement with mr medvedev on a number of issues and since mr medvedev was president we have the right to take the decision that he eventually took. today alexy khujand says that he is ready to rejoin the executive branch if the authorities were more decisive but he's quite reluctant to specify what he means by being more decisive when i ask him to be why because more decisive means taking toughest steps for example in terms of the pension reform in terms of raising the retirement age no one including the
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opposition wants to speak about it to the public with what they think is the right but they don't want to talk too loudly on the issue also taking tougher steps on other issues like slashing budget expenditures and social spending first of all many of our liberal economists think that our social expenditures are too high that we raise salaries and pensions and social benefits too fast they point out that the growth in real disposable incomes is unjustified last year we had a four point two percent increase and it's up five point nine percent in the first four months of this year already they argue that salaries are grain faster than labor efficiencies with which is bad and dangerous for the economy there's no denying it and they're absolutely right but maybe it's best not to decrease real disposable incomes but rather to improve our labor efficiency russians often save the goal is not to expand the amount of the wealthy people but rather to reduce the amount of the poor this is a very hard thing to do and the best part of the opposition has admitted this to us
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in private and professional meetings that it was in the public way they were afraid to speak about it and this is wrong i have told them many times now if you stick to some idea you have to be straightforward about it don't be afraid that some part of the nation won't like it if you are to garner more support for your ideas you have to stick to your principles to expand your electoral base i mean look at western europe today they brought their countries to the edge of bankruptcy but whenever they talk of lower salaries people are up enormously so it would have made more sense to increase your social spending and debt more gradually but for all. it would have been great for the authorities if they had been someone who could have told them about it i don't think our social spending is too high i don't think we increased pensions salaries and social benefits too much but generally mr cooper and and other people like him have a point to make and we need to listen to them it's very useful so i believe that an
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opposition that has the national interest at heart will be in demand. next question is from. the president of our new show you see moved into presenting up to several years of reporting for our city when the anyway it was a slant on one. of the tells or that a person without a wash up with the. chai question is a follow up to your previous reply concerning principles and a principled position i would like however to why this notion is to the radiant issue iran will be holding a presidential election soon i know that russia doesn't like to meddle with domestic politics of other countries and that's why my question would be as general as possible it's more of a philosophical kind to me iran is a great example of how you can create extreme tension and mutual relations by blowing out of proportion some in significant differences the iranian nuclear issue that everyone's been talking about for the last decade basically relies only on
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some vague suspicions which year after year have been dismissed even by americans themselves but that rhetoric has ignored the fact that iran has been compliant with the nonproliferation regime by ninety nine or even hundred percent of the mainstream focuses on suspicions but at the core as i see it is the relationship between the u.s. and iran to iran is partially to blame for the tension build up but the root of the problem is the stance of washington their signature foreign policy principle friend and foe divide meaning that if you are not their ally you are their enemy and it seems that the level of tolerance to dissent is quite low and when it drops too much. we see threats of war based on groundless suspicions as is the case with iran or assistance to war as is the case with syria russia has a good record of avoiding tension and relations with other countries your public statements indicate that you know the cost of an miti or rather open confrontation however i believe that russia and the u.s.
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have ideological fundamental differences on the use of force in particular that no private meetings can resolve it all stems from the national idea of the us they believe they have a higher responsibility which is actually just a very good right so where is the line for you between avoiding an all out confrontation that could have an impact on russian security and maintaining our principles position which good to be critical to our security. oh we should go and i didn't want gangs punish the u.s. or abroad i don't know i thought let's see that tough guy. with a naked thought was more than a little put out that you a response to your question could take hours it's so complex but i will try to be as concise as possible and the first i've repeatedly voice rushes official stance with iran has the rights to a peaceful nuclear program and it can't be singled out for discrimination second we need to be aware that iran is located in
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a very challenging region on i'm told our raid in part is about that and that's why iranian threats made towards neighboring countries in particular israel threats that israel can be destroyed absolutely unacceptable this is counterproductive. but then that from what i'm going to hear that this is not a proper that wrote the iranian president. then you could if it doesn't matter whether it's a problem quiet or not it means it's best to avoid a wording that could be improperly quote it could be interpreted differently that's why the focus on iran does have a reason behind it but i have no doubts that iran is complying with the rules simply because there's no proof and the opposite when you get caught into the latest i.a.e.a. report iran has been abiding by the commitments it has taken up with the truth there are some outstanding issues but with jew patients in friendly attitudes they can be resolved but i have a great respect for iran and a great interest in it this is
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a great country indeed you don't often hear this attitude mentioned in relation to iran but it's true when you look at it this is a country with a great culture a great history and is a great nation and they're very proud of a country they have their own understanding of their place but in their region and in the world and that's something you have to respect you have grasped the core of the problem but on the iranians are very smart and cunning politicians and to a certain degree they have exploited this confrontation with the united states. this time with them. they are not because they only want us to step in nahariya streaming across this and they do it to tackle the domestic political issues when there is an external enemy it united the nation but i guess the united states have been employing the same technique after the collapse of the soviet union they have been no external threats that allow washington to dominate the west there must be a threat so that the u.s. can protect their allies from it of this position yields political and economic
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benefits if everyone relies on one country for protection then this country is entitle to some preferential treatment so it's very important to possess this status of a global defender to be able to resolve issues even beyond the realm of foreign policy and security issues i think the u.s. has been using iran for this very purpose that it is to unite their allies in the shadow of a real all false threat and it's quite a complicated issue but it's not an issue for brush it we've been complying with our international commitments including on iran's peaceful nuclear program as you know russia built the boosh air power plant in iran we've completed this and they're prepared to further cooperation yet when we proposed to enrich uranium on russian territory iranian part is refused for reasons unknown to us they argue that they will enrich uranium on their own in line with the existing international regulations and as i said earlier if they don't break any rules they are fully entitled to do that we would endorse this right but we will also remain aware of
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the concerns that other states and the international community has concerning full compliance with these rule is. you know what i mean it's not a maybe it wasn't actually question of us the level can i clarify something the thing is i was asking you not only about the u.s. and iran and relations but also about the us russian relations when you agree that we have fundamental ideological differences on key issues of international law so right on the eve of miami. obama you are pushing me to make some serious statements and it's a very important if the country thinks it has more rights than others you know the whole story is i mean i thought you wouldn't notice my deviation but you did indeed you are very persistent to date we don't have any significant ideological differences but we have fundamental cultural differences individual ism lies at the core of the american identity while russia has been a country of collectivism one student of pushkin's legacy has formulated this
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difference very aptly take scarlett o'hara from gone with the wind for instance she says i'll never be hungry again this is the most important thing for her russians have different far lofty ambitions more of a spiritual kind it's more about your relationship with god we have different visions of life that's why it's very difficult to understand each other but it's still possible for. me that's why there is international more to create a level playing field for everyone. you know it's not because of us it's a very democratic state there's no doubt about that and it originally developed as a democratic state when the first settlers set their foot on the continent lifeforce than to forge a relationship and maintain a dialogue with each other to survive and that's why america was initially conceived as a fundamental democracy with that in mind we should not forget that america's development began with a large scale ethnic cleansing unprecedented in human history i wouldn't like to
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delve so deeply into it but you're forcing me to do it my mushed when europeans arrived in america that was the first thing they did and you have to be honest about it there are not so many stories like that in human history yet you take the destruction of carthage by the roman empire the legend has it that romans plowed over and sowed the city with salt said that nothing will ever grow that europeans didn't use the celts because they use the land for agriculture but they wiped out the indigenous population then they were slavery and that's something that is deeply ingrained in america in his memoirs us secretary of state colin powell revealed how hard it was for him as a black man and how hard it was for him to live with other people staring at you it means this mentality has taken root in the hearts and minds of the people and is likely to still be there it will now take this sort of we know a lot about stalin now we know him as a dictator and a tyrant but still i don't think that in this spring of one nine hundred forty five
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stalin would have used a nuclear bomb against germany if he had one he could have done it in nine hundred forty one or nine hundred forty two when it was a matter of life or death but i really doubt that he would have done it in one nine hundred forty five when the enemy had almost given up and had absolutely no chance to reverse the trend i don't think he would now look at the u.s. they dropped the bomb on japan a country that was a non-nuclear state and was very close to defeat so there are big differences between us but it's quite natural. people with such differences determined to find ways to understand each other better i don't think there is an alternative moreover it's not by chance that russia and the us forces alliances in the most critical moments of modern history that was the case in world war one and world war two even if there was fierce confrontation our countries united in the face of a common thread which means there's something that unites us but it's there must be some fundamental interests that bring us together that's something we need to focus
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on first we need to be aware of our differences but focus on a positive agenda that can improve our cooperation the human. version. of the relationship with the us are important issues for our network largely because americans make up most of our or dns if you're simply look at our websites had statistics you'll see that most of our audience comes from america so anything related to the u.s. is a key topic for us and here is honest to see attack in there who are especially coming from new york for this meeting she works at our u.s. based channel r.t. america which caters to an american audience and focuses specifically on american issues is that right on this to see if. new york at that. level. yes thank you i have lived in new york for the past five years you have mentioned the fundamental differences as well as the common features that russia
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shares with the united states i would like to go back to our diplomatic relations and the present issues of international law and you know when i meet american politicians and russia experts these days i often hear them acknowledge off record that the magnitsky act has effectively come first place the jackson event a commandment which demonstrates the same outdated approach towards russia as we know when barack obama met with mr amid that if during the summit and so last year he made some hints saying he would have more flexibility after the election. but with but it was a little bit dicey you've always just don't get off the banks do you. little fucker you know this is the last question i promise. about my him tonight a little easier for you to call create with russia however that is not what we're seeing today we've already touched upon many of our remaining issues with the u.s. why do you think the reset has not worked and can it ever take place in the first
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place as an equal recite procope process where is it that russia is always expected to sector phys its national interest. in specialty should national policy any state pursues its national interests in the u.s. is no exception what's unique here is that the collapse of the soviet union left america is the world's single leader but there was a catch associated with it in that it began to view itself as an empire at its core but an empire is not only about foreign policy it's also about domestic policy and empire cannot afford to display weakness and any attempt to strike an agreement on equitable terms is often seen domestically as weakness but the leadership cannot afford display weakness due to domestic policy considerations i think the current administration realizes that it cannot solve the world's major issues on its own if they still want to do it and second they can only take steps that if it for an empire domestic policy considerations play
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a huge role otherwise you would be accused of weakness in order to act otherwise you either have to win overwhelming support or there must be a chance in mentality when people will understand that it's much more beneficial to look for compromises than to impose your will on everyone but it certainly takes time to change those patterns of thinking in any country in this case it's the us first and foremost this change should take place in the minds of the ruling elite in the mcgraw the same so this phrase i don't think that is impossible i think we've almost come to that point i very much hope will reach it soon which. i see what i'm going to just point in the first study to the.
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